Entries tagged with: SXSW
Mohawk photos by Tim Griffin
J. Mascis & Residual Kid in Mascis-chusetts
Residual Kid @ Mohawk in Austin - 1/3/2014
They may be young, but they are talented and apparently J. Mascis agrees because the Austin band, who we also caught at Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2012, recently spent some time in Massachusets recording with none other than the Dinosaur Jr. frontman. Residual Kid's recent Facebook posts include quotes like: "Having a blast recording in Mascis-chusetts! J. Mascis rules!", "Man, you're gonna LOVE these new recordings with J.Mascis!", and "Mascis-chusetts has been awesome! Recording with J.Mascis was an amazing experience - can't wait to share the new songs with you!"
Meanwhile, Ben Redman (drums), Deven Ivy (guitar) and Max Redman (bass) are back in Austin and celebrating the annual week of free shows known as 'Free Week' which continues through 1/11. Residual Kid played a free show at Mohawk on 1/3 and pictures from that show, which was with What Made Milwaukee Famous, are on this post. If you missed it, RK play again Thursday (1/9) at Holy Mountain and Friday (1/10) at Cheer Up Charlies, both also free.
Their upcomin gCheer Up Charlies show will also sadly be one of the last happening at the eastside space which is closing down after this weekend and moving to Red River in the former home of Club DeVille. This is big music venue news for locals and SXSW-tourists alike. Both DeVille and Cheer Up Charlies have been very active venues during SXSW, with Cheer Up Charlies especially notorious for being the location of many unofficial Todd P shows.
Club DeVille, where we hosted a bunch of BrooklynVegan SXSW shows, is (was) also right next door to Mohawk where we recently caught Big Freedia and Public Enemy and.... Residual Kid. More pictures of the latter below....
Wild garage rockers Black Lips will release their new album, Underneath the Rainbow, on March 18 via Vice. That's the cover art above which was shot by famed rock photographer Mick Rock. The record was co-produced by Black Keys' Patrick Carney and you can listen to the first single, "Boys in the Wood," below.
Around the time of the album's release, the band will be hitting the road including stops at SXSW and Burgerama and one show in NYC: Webster Hall on April 17 with Natural Child. The tour wraps up with an appearance at Austin Psych Fest in May. Tickets for Webster Hall go on sale Friday (1/10) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (1/8) at noon.
The Black Lips were last here in November. All 2014 dates are listed below...
by Doug Moore
Norway's Obliteration put out one of strongest old-school death metal albums of 2013. Black Death Horizon even made it onto resident black metal partisan Wyatt Marshall's best-of-2013 list. Though these guys pop on record, I can imagine them really dominating live; this style of frantic, Autopsy-derived death metal is heavily geared towards the stage over the studio.
We'll get to put that notion to the test soon, as Obliteration are hitting North America for a ten-day tour in March which starts in Austin for SXSW and wraps up in Brooklyn at the Acheron on 3/22 with Fantom Warior, Fleshtemple, and Iron Force. No ticket info yet, but keep an eye out.
All tour dates are listed, along with a full album stream of Black Death Horizon, below.
Part insolent and part sceptical, they remain incredibly vague and absurd in response to all questions: "Why would you like to know how old we are?" (T, on age). "We're very slim, toned, 6ft 4in and a little bit like Jude Law in Alfie" (J, on appearance). They are willing to explain a bit about their backstory: before forming Jungle they were "dilly-dallying" and "making ends meet" as session musicians and songwriters, and they play as a seven-piece live. T and J have been friends since they were nine, for more than 10 years, and were neighbours growing up in west London.Enigmatic UK duo Jungle -- the pair seen in press photos and videos isn't actually them (maybe?) -- released the appealing The Heat EP earlier this year and were recently "longlisted" on BBC's Sound of 2014 poll. If you haven't checked them out, you can stream a few of their tracks below.
"J literally jumped over my garden wall one day with a Pokémon card and asked 'What have you got? I want to trade.' And that's where it started," says T.
"We used to hang out on the wall that joined all our gardens. A lot of us used to - I suppose it was like a micro-community that started happening, and that forms who you are. You always go there after dinner. Get in fights. Rollerblade. When the internet wasn't around, you know?" - [The Guardian]
Jungle will be heading to North America in March for SXSW and will be playing a few other shows while here, including two in NYC: March 8 at Rough Trade and March 9 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets to both shows are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with streams and videos, below...
Black Lips at Bowery Ballroom, Nov. 2012 (more by Dylan Johnson)
SXSW 2014, which does down from March 7-16 across multiple Austin venues, already announced one round of artists, and they've just now revealed the second lineup announcement. It includes Syd Arthur, The Baseball Project, Arthur Beatrice, Black Lips, Blouse, Circuit des Yeux, Diarrhea Planet, Kevin Drew, Dune Rats, EMA, Esben and the Witch, Fielded, Future Islands, Jenny Hval, James Iha, Kayo Dot, Love Inks, Mirah, Gary Numan, Peelander-Z, Potty Mouth, Public Service Broadcasting, Rockie Fresh, Saintseneca, Skream, Slothrust, The So So Glos, Spires, Talib Kweli, Tashaki Miyaki, Timber Timbre, Torres, Tourist, Truckfighters, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Wye Oak, French band La Femme (who are planning a two month North American tour around it) and many more.
Badges are still available. Full lineup announcement below...
UK electronic pop trio London Grammar, who were one of the collaborators on Disclosure's Settle and also released their own debut LP If You Wait this year, were in North America not long ago, and they've announced that they'll return in 2014. We already knew they'd be coming for SXSW, and they'll do other shows on our side of the Atlantic around then too. Those dates include a BrooklynVegan-presented NYC show happening on April 9 at Irving Plaza (their last NYC show was a sold out one at the smaller Gramercy Theatre). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/22) at 10 AM and there will be a BrooklynVegan presale starting Thursday (11/21) at 9 AM (check back Thursday morning for the password). After that, Live Nation and Music Geeks presales start Thursday at 10 AM. All currently announced dates are listed below, but stay tuned for more too.
When London Grammar's September/October tour hit Seattle, they recorded a KEXP session, which was recently uploaded and can be watched in full below.
The trio are also set to release a single/EP for the track "Nightcall" which was on their debut LP, and that will be out on November 8. That will feature a remix of the track by Hot Chip's Joe Goddard. You can listen to that, along with those videos and the list of tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
London's Jungle released their debut EP, The Heat, earlier this year, and though the sounds on it have been around for decades, they're delivered in a way that's entirely of the moment. Production-wise, Jungle operate in a very post-James Blake way, but unlike most artists for whom that descriptor applies, there's a real vintage-ness here, recalling the period of funk and soul just as those genres started transitioning into disco. They've got Marvin Gaye croons, Chic basslines, and sharp Earth Wind & Fire falsettos, but you can't even call those artists "out of style" when you consider records like Channel Orange and Random Access Memories are some of the most talked about albums of late. Jungle do the sound well too; each track on their four-song EP is a winner. Check out the video for the title track, and stream the other three, below.
Jungle will be crossing the Atlantic in 2014 to make their US debut in Austin for SXSW. No other North American dates have been announced at the moment, but stay tuned.
Video and streams below...
The Autumn Defense (John Stirratt and Pat Sansone of Wilco) have announced that they'll release their new album, Fifth, on January 28 via YepRoc. They recently released the album's single, "None of This Will Matter," which you can stream, along with the artwork and tracklist, below.
The Autumn Defense also have some dates scheduled for 2014, including a NYC show happening on February 11 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale today (11/6) at noon. They're also playing SXSW. All dates are listed below.
In other Wilco-related news, Jeff Tweedy is going on a solo tour this December (no east coast shows though). All of his dates are listed, along with the Autumn Defense stream, artwork, tracklist and dates, below...
Though here in NYC we're in the midst of CMJ craziness, Austin's craziness that is SXSW has just announced its first round of bands for next year's festival. SXSW 2014 goes down across multiple Austin venues from March 7-16 and so far includes London Grammar, Calvin Love, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Men, OBN IIIs, Pure Love, Royal Canoe, Saint Rich, Shakey Graves, SISU, Ski Lodge, Soldout, Teengirl Fantasy, Jonathan Toubin, Ume, Vockah Redu, Dot Wiggin Band, Deidre and the Dark, Doughbeezy, Kaytranada, Killa Kyleon and more. Badges are on sale now.
Full initial lineup below...
Passion Pit at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Ahead of Passion Pit's Pier 26 shows, they'll be performing live on Live on Letterman on September 4. The concert is taped at the Ed Sullivan Theater and airs on CBS.com and VEVO at 8 PM EST. You can also vote for what their last song will be on CBS.com. We've also got two pairs of tickets to give away for this show. Details on how to enter are below.
Passion Pit also just released their Taco Bell-sponsored documentary that they filmed during SXSW. The documentary, titled Hello Everywhere, was directed by Sam Jones (who did Wilco's I Am Trying to Break Your Heart) and features footage of the band and opener Wildcat! Wildcat! performing at Hype Hotel. You can watch the whole thing below.
Wildcat! Wildcat! are also touring with Black Light Dinner Party this year and hitting NYC for shows on September 26 at Glasslands (tickets) and September 28 at Mercury Lounge (tickets). All dates are listed below.
Updated dates are listed, along with the documentary video and contest details, below...
Anamanaguchi is a boy band made up of hackers and producers born & raised on the Internet, currently living in New York City.The "boy band" will celebrate that album with possibly one of their biggest headlining shows to date in their "current" home of NYC at Irving Plaza THIS Friday (5/16) with Pictureplane and Hot Sugar. Tickets are still available. Get 'em while they're hot, sugar.
On May 14th, they [released] Endless Fantasy through their own brand new label, dream.hax - their first album since soundtracking Scott Pilgrim vs. The World in 2010.
Meanwhile, you can also catch Anamanaguchi in a slightly more intimate setting at The Space in Hamden, CT tonight (5/16). It's the start of a tour that was recently extended throughout the summer. All dates, many with Chrome Sparks and Kitty Pryde, are listed below.
Anamanaguchi @ BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Anamanaguchi, who we were happy to host for a 2nd time at SXSW in Austin this year (watch their ENTIRE performance below), has also been keeping busy with a very successful Kickstarter related to their new album release. Head over there to add to the $176,317 they've already raised in 13 days and for more info. Head below for more album info, songs and videos to consume, and all tour dates...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Death at BrooklynVegan SXSW party - 3/15/13
Rediscovered Detroit protopunk legends Death are still around, and as they mentioned at our BrooklynVegan Thursday SXSW party, they've got a new album coming out this year. Though details on that album are still sparse, we'll most likely get a chance to hear some of the material when they play a one-off in NYC on July 1 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but check LPR's site for updates.
UPDATE: Tickets are on sale now. Rough Francis and The Everymen open the show.
At our SXSW party, Death played our punk-oriented stage which also included sets from Cloud Nothings, METZ, The Spits, Milk Music, Single Mothers, and Rough Francis (whose lineup features sons of the members of Death). A belated set of pictures of Death and all the other bands on that stage is in this post.
More pictures, and a full stream of Death's 1974-recorded, 2009-released For The Whole World To See, below...
Bleached on the Gorburger Show
Gorburger @ a BrooklynVegan SXSW party (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We were excited to recently meet alien talk show host Gorburger in the flesh (if that's what you call it), when he and the rest of the cast of The Gorburger Show stopped by our BrooklynVegan SXSW 2013 Wednesday day party to pose with and eat a few fans dipped in vegan queso. We're also happy and honored to be debuting the latest episode of the Gorburger show featuring BV-SXSW-2012 vets Bleached who stopped by the Japanese news network that Gorburger invaded for an interview with the host and a performance of their song, "Next Stop," from their recently released album, Ride Your Heart. Watch below!
It's the 16th episode of Gorburger's The Warner Sound YouTube show, which previously featured artists like Tegan & Sara, Dum Dum Girls, and Flaming Lip Wayne Coyne. Wayne's episode can also be watched below.
Bleached are on tour with Hunters and then Ex Cops, and that tour brings them to NYC for a show on April 23 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available. All dates along with the Gorburger video, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Half Moon Run @ BVSXSW 2013
Montreal's Half Moon Run have played BV SXSW day parties the last two years, playing our Friday show this year and pictures from their set are in this post. The band's debut album, Dark Eyes, is getting reissued in America on Glassnote (home of Phoenix, CHVRCHES and more) which should bring their harmony-laden songs to a lot more ears. You can stream it below.
Meanwhile, the band are going out on tour with their new labelmates Mumford & Sons this summer, as well as dates with Of Monsters and Men. Amongst these big, big shows Half Moon Run will play two headlining club dates in NYC: June 7 at Glasslands and June 10 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets to Glasslands and tickets to Mercury Lounge go on sale Friday (4/5) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.
photos by Kevin Figueroa
Autre Ne Veut @ BrooklynVegan SXSW 2013
"It was 85 degrees [Saturday] afternoon with the sun beating down hard on the pavement at Old Emo's. So the crowd at the Brooklyn Vegan day party instinctively packed into the shady spots by the stage for Autre Ne Veut's set. Arthur Ashin laid out a series of songs from Anxiety and, despite the punishing weather, put on a solid show." [Pitchfork]Delorean (Wednesday), Autre Ne Veut (Saturday), and Doldrums (Saturday) all played solid sets at BrooklynVegan day parties at SXSW this year, but sadly, at the moment only one of them has NYC shows announced. That would be Doldrums whose tour dates bring them to Mercury Lounge in May, and even sooner to 285 Kent in Brooklyn on Saturday, April 13 which is one day after they share a bill in Philly with Delorean and Autre Ne Veut. That right there is a reason to be in Pennsylvania on April 12. Tickets for the $12 Making Time show at Voyeur are still available (and Jacques Greene is on the bill too).
More tour dates and pictures from BV-SXSW, below...
photos by Kevin Figueroa
Foxygen's Jonathan Rado and Sam France @ SXSW 2013
Sounds like Foxygen need a rest. The band just canceled their European dates set for May and June, writing on their Facebook this morning:
We have some unfortunate news. We have to cancel our upcoming EU dates for May and June and upcoming EU festival dates. We'd like apologize to all our European fans and supporters. We know this causes frustration and headaches for ticket buyers and promoters alike. We assure you this is ultimately for the creative health of the band. We will back in EU very soon and promise to make this up to all of you. Please understand. Thank you again, all of you. Your time, attention and support mean the world to us. Love, Foxygen.The band have been nonstop touring since their release of their acclaimed new album, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic. Their tour with Unknown Mortal Orchestra brought them to SXSW where they had a bunch of shows scheduled. That's where an exhausted Sam France lashed out at a fan during a Foxygen performance on the Thursday (3/15) of that week, and then ended up, as mentioned, canceling their appearance at our Saturday day party:
A couple more shots from SXSW and all tour dates are listed below. Rest up guys.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at NPR's 2013 SXSW Showcase
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds have been on tour for a while now, and it finally hits NYC this week for three shows with Sharon Van Etten, starting tonight (3/28) at Beacon Theatre and continuing Friday and Saturday at the same venue. All three are sold out. The Bad Seeds' tour was also down in Austin for SXSW earlier this month, where they played NPR's showcase at Stubb's with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Alt-J, Waxahatchee, and Youth Lagoon. Pictures of Nick Cave and YYYs are HERE and pictures of Waxahatchee's set are HERE. Even more pictures of Nick Cave's set are in this post.
Nick Cave also recently launched a Spotify app, which you can use to "discover the music of Nick Cave." It has streams of Nick's new album, Push the Sky Away, along with his classic material, and features a mood wheel where you can browse "carefully chosen moods which represent his songs" including Murder & Mayhem, Classic, Spiritual, and Super Dark. You can also make your own Nick Cave playlist and check out playlists made by others like Lou Reed and Jarvis Cocker.
And speaking of SXSW and Spotify, check out our "Best of BrooklynVegan SXSW 2013" Spotify playlist.
Updated dates are listed, along with more pictures from SXSW, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Dave & Andrew Sacher
Zebra Katz & Njena Reddd Foxxx / XXYYXX / The Underachievers
When we weren't throwing free day parties and bridge shows at SXSW last week, we were busy throwing nighttime official showcases. On Saturday (3/16), our metal blog Invisible Oranges put on a showcase at North Door and on Friday, we put on a showcase on Maggie Mae's rooftop which was mainly hip hop and electronic with 3421, Mykki Blanco, Man Without Country, Giraffage, The Underachievers, Pictureplane, Brooke Candy, Zebra Katz, and XXYYXX. With so much rock in our day parties, we wanted to mix it up at night and had a ton of fun doing it. Bonus points for the view from venue down onto the 6th Street mayhem,.
3421, who since played NYC shows at Merc and Knit, came all the way from Israel to kick off the Friday night show with a set of their live dubstep. They were the perfect beginning for the crowd who immediately started to fill the 400-capacity room/roof as soon as doors opened, though 3421 work latenight too. That's when we saw them in Tel Aviv over the summer as part of the Jerusalem Music Conference. That time they were the last act of the night and got the drunk crowd moving with help from bombastic MC Miss Red. Miss Red was originally supposed to play with 3421 at SXSW too, but instead she watched this show from the audience (#majorbummer), With her at the show was The Bug who she was playing SXSW with instead (you can catch Miss Red & The Bug in NYC this weekend).
3421 were followed by NYC rapper Mykki Blanco, who was in his usual abrasive mode on stage, which we and the crowd were loving. Then things cooled down a bit for a shoegazey set by Wales' Man Without Country and the chill electronica of Giraffage. (He really caught our ear when he remixed Alice Deejay's "Better Off Alone." Is it cool to like that song in 2013? I hope so.)
Then for the next five acts, the show was on a total high. NYC rap duo The Underachievers were totally on point and started really getting the dancing going, including a bunch of their friends on stage and Pictureplane, who was up next. Like Mykki Blanco, we've seen him at shows and parties in NYC for a while now, and it was great to see him bring his always-fun set to Austin too. He stuck around for more of the show too, and also loved Brooke Candy and Zebra Katz as much as we did. Brooke's outfit was tamer than in her video (she did have a see-through top though), but she paid more attention to her rapper side than her stripper side at the show (not a bad thing). The crowd went completely nuts for her. Frank says:
The Tumblr princess-turned-stripper-turned-rapper turned heads at the Brooklyn Vegan showcase, clad in a white fishnet top and latex peplum skirt. The Los Angeles-based rapper played a short but high-energy set, swinging her crazy long braids (and huge boobs) all over the stage. After going viral via World Star Hiphop and the internet in general, Candy has released video after video for her aggressive, sex-heavy tracks. Joined by best friend and DJ, Jesse St. John, Brooke's crowd of homo-cyber-hipster kids screamed along to every word. Hits "Das Me," "I Wanna Fuck Right Now," and "Everybody Does" dominated her 20-minute set, as she twerked in her platforms, fueling the fire that is her online presence with more and more YouTube-worthy content.Zebra Katz and flexible collaborator Njena Reddd Foxxx played hit "Ima Read". Silly? Maybe a bit, but like the rest of their set, a total hit live.
The show wrapped up with XXYYXX and for such a young producer (he's 17!), he really knows how to get the party started. The stage filled with people a few songs into his set and everyone was just dancing and going nuts until the club pulled the plug at 2am. Frank says:
Seventeen-year-old XXYYXX headlined the Brooklyn Vegan showcase on the Maggie Mae's rooftop. Despite only recently beginning to tour, the producer was relaxed, barefoot, and very much in his element while onstage playing a combination of his signature chill-out-and-vibe beats, and more hyped up hip-hop remixes including TLC's "No Scrubs" and Waka Flocka's "Fuck This Industry." Following suit with the mellow vibe of the Orlando based producer's music, the security eased up and allowed any crowd member who was feeling it to hop onstage.The whole show was a blast and we hope everyone who came had as much as we did.
Check out some songs played at the show in our Best of SXSW Spotify playlist. More pictures from the party below...
Legendary rock baritone Eric Burdon (The Animals, War) is still kicking, and after his late 2012 EP with The Greenhornes, he returned in early 2013 with a new solo album, 'Til Your River Runs Dry. Check out the soulful lead single, "Water," below and listen to the whole album on Spotify.
In support of that album, Eric has put together a touring lineup billed as Eric Burdon & The Animals, which in addition to himself includes Eric McFadden (guitar), Billy Watts (guitar), Terry Wilson (bass), Red Young (Hammond B3), Teresa James (keyboards), Tony Braunagel (drums), and Wally Ingram (percussion).
Eric was just in Austin for SXSW (anyone see him down there?) and earlier this year he performed on Fallon (video not below because Fallon seems to have taken it down). Eric Burdon & the Animals will hit NYC on May 15 and 16 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for both shows are on sale now.
All currently known tour dates are listed, along with that song stream and video, below...
Caitlin Rose @ BV SXSW 3/13/2013
As mentioned Caitlin Rose is on tour and will be in NYC next week for shows at Union Hall on March 30 (tickets) and Mercury Lounge on April 1 (tickets). Both shows are with Andrew Combs. Since our last post, Caitlin's tour has expanded and all dates are listed below.
If you happened to be in Austin last week for SXSW you may have caught Caitlin there, including our Wednesday day party. We already posted pics from that show, but another set of Caitlin's performance are in this post. Also since our last post, Caitlin's new album, The Stand In, hit shelves and you can stream it via Spotify below.
photos by Tim Griffin, words by Andrew Sacher
Kendrick Lamar @ VICELAND, SXSW 2013
I capped off a totally eventful week in Austin for SXSW by heading to VICELAND to catch a headlining set from Kendrick Lamar. You already we knew we had pretty high expectations, but saying he lived up to them is an understatement. While some artists at SXSW were frustrated by the industry elements of it, Kendrick treated it like a festival and played for the pure entertainment of the fans. The show was in a huge warehouse but it was packed and he really had the whole crowd dancing, singing, rapping, and throwing their arms in the air for the whole set.
Kendrick began his set with some material from Section.80 to warm everyone up, and he gradually kept raising the bar. He did his verse and the chorus from A$AP Rocky's "Fuckin' Problems," brought Ab-Soul out on a track, then Jay Rock on "Money Trees," and by the time he did "Backseat Freestyle" the crowd was going crazy and screaming at a level that didn't stop til he left the stage. His between-song stage banter hypes the crowd too, often foreshadowing the next song. At one point, he asked a girl in front if she was alright because of all the people going crazy around her, and told her that she can't let anybody kill her motherfucking vibe (crowd screams). At another point, he told us if we weren't fucking with him, maybe we'd like one of his friends who's way crazier. This led to Kendrick bringing out the fourth Black Hippy member of the night, Schoolboy Q, who did his awesome "Hands On The Wheel" with Kendrick as a hypeman. After Q left, Kendrick did more good kid, m.A.A.d city tracks, each one as wild as the last. It was the most fun I had at SXSW.
Jay-Z also just released his official remix of Kendrick's "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe. Stream that and check out more shots from the crowd of Kendrick's set at VICELAND, and Baauer's very dance-y DJ set (which was right before) below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Austra / APTBS / the crowd
We wrapped up our stay at The Main and The Jr (aka old Emo's) with our fourth and final BrooklynVegan SXSW day party on Saturday (3/16). Unfortunately, Foxygen had to drop off at the last minute because the singer lost his voice. They would have played the outdoor stage (Pianos Stage), where we still saw sets from the arty synthpop of Empress Of, the loudest set of all of our day parties from A Place to Bury Strangers, and a super fun set from catchy UK rockers Palma Violets. Then came the sexy R&B of Autre Ne Veut, followed by a set by Austra, who were previewing expansive material from their upcoming sophomore album, Olympia. Then finally, the outdoor stage was wrapped up with a set from psychedelic pop New Zealanders Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
Inside, the show kicked off with the catchy indie pop of TEEN, followed by rockin' UK band Peace, and then three consecutive synthpop groups, Feathers, MS MR, and Doldrums. Then the show took a louder turn with an adrenaline-pumping set from White Lung, bouncy young garage punks The Orwells, and finally King Tuff.
In addition to the music, we had an interactive photo and video booth set up by Oxygen tattoo show, "Best Ink". The second season (hosted by Pete Wentz who made a surprise appearance in their booth) premieres April 3rd. Onkyo was there, sampling their new headphones which hit stores next month. mophie maker of invaluable iPhone chargers, were giving away discount cards good at their pop-up shop which was set up right across the street on Red River. We were also serving complimentary Jameson, and Zico coconut water, and free vegan queso and chips from Food For Lovers. We also had BrooklynVegan t-shirts for the first 50 people in the door, thanks to American Apparel. Also thanks to our other sponsors, Korg, Vox, Blackstar, Creative Recreation, Signazon, Zazoo, and Redigi.
More pictures from Saturday's party below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Autre Ne Veut at the BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday day party - 3/16/13
Autre Ne Veut's great new album, Anxiety has seriously escalated his career, and it caused some anticipation for his SXSW shows, which included the BrooklynVegan SXSW day party on Saturday (3/16), where I caught him. Main man Arthur Ashin is now joined by Cristi Jo from Zambri on vocals and samples and a live drummer, and the show was definitely fuller than his earlier live gigs. The unfortunate part was that it was pretty clear that "Counting" is his biggest song (that one even got some hollering from the crowd when he pushed his voice as far as it could go), but hopefully the deeper cuts from that album will get better known in time.
Big thanks to our sponsors Oxygen, Best of Ink, Onkyo, mophie, Jameson, Zico, Food For Lovers, American Apparel, Korg, Vox, Blackstar, ReDigi, Signazon, Korg, Creative Creation, and Mirrored Media, who we couldn't do the day party without. A full set of pictures from all the bands at the party is coming soon, meanwhile check out more of Autre Ne Veut from that show below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Jesse Matthewson with a 'Legalize Gay' thong on his face
At the BrooklynVegan SXSW Friday day party (3/15), we had an indie rock-oriented lineup on the outdoor stage (The Main) and a metal stage, courtesy of our metal blog Invisible Oranges (and Heavy Dicks), indoors (The Jr). Easily one of the most anticipated bands on the metal stage was KEN Mode, whose fifth album, Entrench (released the week of SXSW), has proved to be something of a crossover album for the band. It's a punishing record, bringing sludge metal, post-hardcore, and noise rock into a killer mix -- and KEN Mode's live show is even more intense.
The band looks out into the crowd with impenetrable death stares while creating as much noise as melody, and the whole thing is pretty terrifying -- but it's the kind of terrifying that makes you want to move closer and closer to the stage. They played a bunch off the new record, and while KEN Mode don't sound like they're going pop metal anytime soon, on some of the tracks, like early singles "Counter Culture Complex" and "The Terror Pulse," those harsh vocals really got stuck in your head. It got pretty anthemic at the end of that latter tune, with guitarist Jesse Matthewson and bassist Andrew LaCour trading vocals on "THIS IS GOODBYE! TO THE MAN YOU ONCE KNEW!"
KEN Mode also played our BV/Invisible Oranges showcase at The North Door the next night (they were a last-minute replacement for Pinkish Black, who had to drop off), where they were even louder and had a great light show adding to their intensity. More on that show soon.
Special thanks to Heavy Dicks and M for Montreal, along with our sponsors Onkyo, mophie, Jameson, Zico, Food For Lovers, American Apparel, Korg, Vox, Blackstar, ReDigi, Signazon, Korg, Creative Creation, and Mirrored Media, ASCAP, MailChimp, and Pink Avocado who we couldn't have done the Friday day party without. A full set of pictures from that party is coming soon. More from KEN Mode's set below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Scottish synthpop trio CHVRCHES made their SXSW debut last Wednesday (3/13) at the Windish Agency showcase at Austin's Red 7. For a band with giant hooky dancepop anthems, they are still on their shy side, playing a reserved set, according to BV photographer Amanda Hatfield. That didn't stop the crowd from singing along to "The Mother We Share" and "Recover," though.
CHVRCHES play two back-to-back sold out shows tonight (3/18) at Mercury Lounge with Dan Croll opening. They'll also be DJing on Tuesday (3/19) at 285 Kent and tickets are still available to that. Their album is due out this fall, so probably look for a return appearance (most likely somewhere bigger) then. More pictures from SXSW below...